C.J. Stroud, Hendon Hooker spotlight RJ Younger's Heisman contenders

Published:Mar 8, 202423:10
C.J. Stroud, Hendon Hooker spotlight RJ Younger's Heisman contenders

With Week 8 of the faculty soccer season looming, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud continues to strengthen his case for this yr's Heisman Trophy award, however different contenders are gaining floor.

Quarterback Hendon Hooker and the now-No. 3-ranked Tennessee Volunteers moved to 6-0 after upsetting Alabama in Week 7, 52-49, this system's first win over the Crimson Tide since 2006. Michigan operating again Blake Corum continues to feast on Massive Ten defenses, posting his fourth consecutive 120-plus-yard speeding recreation this previous week towards Penn State.

Out west, quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson's electrical play has helped UCLA get off to a 6-0 begin whereas Michael Penix Jr. is having a breakout season beneath heart for Washington. In the meantime, SEC quarterbacks Bryce Younger (Alabama) and Stetson Bennett (Georgia) are making waves as nicely.

FOX Sports activities faculty soccer author RJ Younger revealed his prime 5 Heisman Trophy contenders on the most recent episode of his podcast, "The Quantity One Faculty Soccer Present."

C.J. Stroud & Hendon Hooker are faculty soccer's prime Heisman candidates

C.J. Stroud & Hendon Hooker are college football's top Heisman candidates

FOX Sports activities’ RJ Younger shares his prime 5 Heisman candidates after Week 7 of the faculty soccer season.

1. Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud

2022 stats: 1,737 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, three interceptions.

Enjoyable truth: Stroud is the one quarterback within the nation to be averaging four-plus passing touchdowns per recreation. He is additionally one among simply 4 quarterbacks to finish 70% of his passes and have 20-plus passing touchdowns.

What Younger mentioned: "C.J. Stroud has thrown for 10.9 yards per try this yr. Final yr, he threw 44 touchdowns and simply six interceptions, had over 4,400 yards passing, and he threw for 10.1 yards per try. Now, he had over 400 passing makes an attempt final yr. I do not assume he'll get to that this yr as a result of he is solely had 160 via six video games up to now as a result of he will get the hook as a result of they [Ohio State] go up. However he is had three performances the place he is obtained six TDs – six passing TDs in a single recreation thrice."

C.J. Stroud connects with Emeka Egbuka for a 51-yard landing

C.J. Stroud connects with Emeka Egbuka for a 51-yard touchdown

C.J. Stroud connects with Emeka Egbuka for a 51-yard landing in Ohio State's win over Arkansas State.

2. Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker

2022 stats: 1,817 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns, one interception, 287 speeding yards, three speeding touchdowns.

Enjoyable truth: Hooker is the one Energy 5 convention quarterback to finish 70% of his passes and have a TD-INT ratio of 15 or larger. He is additionally one among two Energy 5 convention quarterbacks to be averaging 300 passing yards per recreation and have collected at the least 250 speeding yards.

What Younger mentioned: "Three 300-yard passing video games, 15 TDs to simply the one interception that he is thrown since Nov. 13, 2021. However he [Hooker] has additionally obtained three ranked wins, and he is obtained the most effective win all season. You bought Alabama in your résumé as a win. I am watching the published and I hear Heath Shuler's identify, and I am going: ‘Lord, what yr is it?' Are we about to begin speaking about Tee Martin right here? Is that the place we're going? And we should always as a result of the final time they this good was enjoying for nationwide championships."

Tennessee, Hendon Hooker deserve respect after upset victory vs. Alabama

Tennessee, Hendon Hooker deserve respect after upset victory vs. Alabama

RJ Younger reacts to the Tennessee Volunteers beating the Alabama Crimson Tide and why the Volunteers deserve respect.

3. Michigan RB Blake Corum

2022 stats: 901 speeding yards, 13 speeding touchdowns, seven receptions, 35 receiving yards.

Enjoyable truth: Corum is the one participant within the nation with at the least one speeding landing in each recreation this season and is one among simply two gamers to have zero fumbles whereas averaging 125-plus speeding yards per recreation.

What Younger mentioned: "What if I instructed you we've not seen the most effective Blake Corum but? What if I instructed you he confirmed he nonetheless obtained juice left that he did not use from 2021 that he can nonetheless use in 2022? And the way in which I get at that is in 2021, Blake Corum rushed for 952 yards in 12 video games. That is behind Hassan Haskins, who was the bell-cow again. He had 144 rush makes an attempt final yr, averaged about 6.6 yards per carry. This yr, he is rushed for 901. Looks like quite a bit, proper, via seven video games? However he is had 146 rush makes an attempt. So take into consideration that: he was a greater tailback – if we're speaking about carries, and we're speaking about yardage final yr – because the spell again than he has been this yr on one of many 4 greatest groups in faculty soccer. What I am saying is he is nonetheless obtained one other stage. This is not even his closing kind."

Blake Corum will get his second TD of the day towards Penn State

Blake Corum gets his second TD of the day against Penn State

Blake Corum runs for a 61-yard rating to place Michigan forward by 14 over Penn State.

4. Georgia QB Stetson Bennett

2022 stats: 2,033 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns, one interception, 115 speeding yards, 5 speeding touchdowns.

Enjoyable truth: Bennett is the one quarterback within the nation with a 70% completion price, 2,000-plus passing yards and 5 or extra speeding touchdowns. He is additionally one among two quarterbacks to have a TD-INT ratio of seven or larger whereas having 2,000-plus passing yards.

What Younger mentioned: "Bennett has three 300-yard passing video games. He is had 4 video games of 70% completion price or higher – I believe a few these are even 80 – and he is over 2,000 yards passing seven video games in. Seven TDs to 1 INT, however he ain't the dude that they are trying to go punch the ball in. They're handing that to the tailbacks. Essentially the most well-known participant on the most effective staff within the SEC not named Tennessee."

Stetson Bennett runs by defenders for a 64-yard landing towards Auburn

Stetson Bennett runs by defenders for a 64-yard touchdown against Auburn

Georgia QB Stetson Bennett activates the jets and runs previous defenders for a 64-yard landing towards Auburn.

5. Alabama QB Bryce Younger

2022 stats: 1,657 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, three interceptions, 150 speeding yards, three speeding touchdowns.

Enjoyable truth: Younger is the one Energy 5 convention quarterback to complete a recreation with 100 speeding yards and 5 passing touchdowns this season. He is additionally one among solely two SEC quarterbacks to have 5 15-plus-yard rushes and at the least 25 passes of 20-plus yards this season.

What Younger mentioned: "Bryce's doing this factor that is actually beginning to get on my nerves the place he holds the ball, so I am listening to folks speak increasingly more in regards to the hits he is taking. I am going ‘throw the ball away, or make your learn.’ A few of that is about line play, however the longer you maintain the ball, the much less that is on the road. You get two seconds to throw the soccer. After that, you are by yourself. You retain getting hit like that, you are going to maintain getting injured such as you've been injured. All people knew he was going to get up this morning bruised and hurtin' however nonetheless in my Heisman race as a result of, nicely, he is the reigning Heisman winner. That is their [Alabama's] first loss this season – first loss for the reason that Nationwide Championship Recreation – and so they nonetheless have a street to the SEC Championship. It is simply the [SEC] West may be very robust."

Bryce Younger's cross finds Jahmyr Gibbs to place Alabama again in entrance.

Bryce Young's pass finds Jahmyr Gibbs to put Alabama back in front.

Bryce Younger scrambles and finds Jahmyr Gibbs ultimately zone to place Alabama again in entrance of Texas.

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Publish date: 2022-10-18 04:48:31
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